Christian Laettner Makes “The Shot” (1992 NCAA Tournament)
With March Madness in full swing, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the play that was responsible for first sparking my interest in basketball, which just so happens to be the same play that Sports Illustrated called the greatest college basketball play of all-time.
These days, basketball is my least favorite of any major sport (including futbol/soccer), but when I was a kid, I was obsessed with the NCAA Basketball Tournament. See the final section of this post for some organic numerology that probably explains why I grew up enthralled with the art of bracketology.
The play I’ll be decoding is called The Shot, which was hit against the University of Kentucky by Christian Laettner. Note the shared gematria values, particularly the number 32.
Laettner wore # 32 for Duke:
1 and 2
In the 1992 NCAA Men’s Tournament, Duke and Kentucky squared off in the Elite Eight to determine a spot in the Final Four. The teams battled to a 93-93 tie in regulation, and in overtime, Kentucky scored a go-ahead basket to grab a one-point lead with time winding down.
Duke entered as the region’s #1 seed, and were ranked #1 in the country, coming off of the school’s first-ever national championship the previous season. Kentucky was the region’s #2 seed. The winner would go on to play in the Final Four.
1 and 2 were important numbers to this play. Duke was trying to follow up their 1st national championship with their 2nd. It was the 12th season that head coach Mike Krzyzewski was leading the team.
As Duke got ready to inbound the ball for the final play, they sat at 102 points, with 2.1 remaining on the clock:
Duke guard and future Hall of Famer Grant Hill threw a court-length pass to Christian Donald Laettner.
Laettner caught the pass, dribbled once and turned. As he put up the shot, Kentucky’s #12 was the only player who contested it:
As the ball went through the hoop with the clock reading triple zeros, notice how Duke’s #21 was standing underneath the rim:
As the crowd goes wild, the camera immediately cuts to Mike Krzyzewski on the sideline. However, instead of focusing on Coach K, the we get the famous shot of another player named Hill, who happens to be wearing #12:
The number 12 has gematria of 87.
This was Duke’s 87th season
The 12th Prime number is 37
The powerful numerical alignments between a man named Christian and another named Hill stand out in particular as Christ died on a hill (Calvary).
The Shot took place on a date with Primary numerology of 142:
Grant Hill shares 142 Reverse gematria with Christian.
His upcoming birthday was his 23rd.
Grant was born on the 278th day of the year, and the game took place on the date leaving 278 days on the calendar.
Christian Laettner was born on a date with Reduced numerology of 41:
The game was played on the 28th of March, or 28/3. This is connected to 666, a highly-significant number of the Moon.
As the linked slideshow explains, 666 is integral to the Eclipse Code. Per the New Testament, darkness fell over the sky (like an eclipse) during the crucifixion of Jesus.
The date of The Shot had Standard numerology of 123:
The Duke Blue Devils won the national championship in the 1990-1991 season and the 1991-1992 season.
In 1991, Earth saw its first Middle Eclipse in almost three decades.
77 is 7×11
This eclipse was on July 11th, or 7/11
The Shot was on March 28th, or 3/28
Christian was 328 days after his birthday for that eclipse, which was 8 months, 17 days before The Shot:
Laettner was born on August 17th, or 8/17
Of course, the ultimate eclipse number is 1331. This is the Latin value of Jesus the Messiah.
The 1331 Eclipse, which belonged to Saros 102, fell on November 30th:
For all I know, everything could be organic, but here’s something that definitely is.
As mentioned above, I always loved the concept of a tournament and thinking of efficient ways to determine the best sports team. I used to fill notebooks with ideas, and would use some form of random number generation in order to determine the advancing seed as I simulated these double- or triple-elimination tournaments. Here’s an example of one of my old acts of madness:
I grew up with severe obsessive compulsive disorder – not unrelated to anything you see me do both past or present. The core of my issue was that I had to do things (like touch a doorknob or flip a lightswitch) in even numbers, but particularly powers of two. Even as a child, I thought it was funny that my birthday is 6/4, while 64 is the sixth power of two.
I was born in 1985, which happens to be the same year that the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams. The Finals that year featured the Villanova Wildcats upsetting the Georgetown Hoyas by holding them to just 64 points.
My Birthday is June 4th, or 6/04.
It’s curious that so much of my work revolves around the code involving Jesus. I was born in 1985, exactly 216 years after the only time Venus and the Moon transited the Sun in the same day.
1769 Venus Transit – official date is June 3rd – 4th as it was June 4th in most parts of the world (Tahiti is far west, -10 UTC).
1769 Total solar eclipse – official date is June 4th, but it was still June 3rd in Tahiti when this occurred.
Not saying I’m Jesus (we’re fucked if I am)…but it makes sense why I focus on that wavelength.